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Music A Level at Preston Manor School

Course description

This course demands a balance of practical and intellectual skills. It aims to develop well‐ rounded, knowledgeable musicians, confident in a range of styles from Classical to Pop and Jazz, and suited to a wide range of careers in Music and the Performing Arts.

Course content

Component 1 – Performing. Students have specialist tuition in their principal study and perform regularly as part of a group and solo, including potential performances of their own composi‐ tions.

Component 2 – Composition. There are a range of briefs covering a wide range of styles from which candidates may choose.

Component 3 – Appraising. Students study music chosen from a wide range including Instrumental, Popular, Film, Vocal and World music.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language Grade 5, GCSE Mathematics Grade 5, GCSE Music Grade C+ and Grade 5 practical or equivalent standard on an instrument or voice.


Component 1 – (30%) A recording of an 8 minute solo recital which must be recorded between March and April in the year of examination.

Component 2 – (30%) A six minute portfolio of two compositions to a set brief.

Component 3 – (40%) A written examination based on questions about music heard on a CD and music from the set works.

Future opportunities

Music can lead to specialist courses in Music or Music Technology, or the wider Performing Arts, and eventually to careers in the Music and Entertainment industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years